Camaro 1LE Vinyl Hood Wrap Update

All 2017–2021 Camaro 1LE models feature a vinyl hood wrap that is applied before the cars arrive at the dealership. (Fig. 10) Several procedures should be followed to clean the hood wrap or, if necessary, to replace the entire hood wrap.

 

Fig. 10

 

Hood Wrap Care

The 1LE hood wraps are made of a black matte-finished vinyl material. Due to the matte finish, damage can occur if they are not cared for properly. The most common concerns are smudges or stains that are usually the result of fingerprints, improper cleaning practices, and/or products or leaves that remain on the car and create an outline on the vinyl. In some cases, there may be small rips or other physical damage to the wrap.

If any suspect damage is found to a hood wrap, the first step is to hand wash the hood using a mild detergent and water. Immediately rinse the vehicle and dry the graphic with a soft squeegee and/or a soft cloth to help restore the graphic’s luster. Touchless car washing systems may be used. To avoid water spotting on graphic, always go through the drying cycle.

To remove tar and bugs from the graphic, use a commercial cleaner designed to remove these items, but do not rub vigorously. Immediately wash the hood with a mild detergent and water, rinse with water, and dry.

 

Replacing the Hood Wrap

If the hood wrap condition remains after cleaning and a new vinyl wrap is needed, the 1LE hood wrap (Hood Wrap Decal) can be obtained through GM CCA Parts. All 1LE’s use the same part number hood wrap. In order to accommodate any hood vents or heat extractors, it will be necessary to cut holes in the hood wrap. (Fig. 11)

 

Fig. 11

 

The 1LE hood wrap must be installed by a certified “wrap” technician. If your dealership/body shop does not have a certified installer, contact Kay Automotive Graphics for information about local certified installers near your dealership. If the repairs are warrantable, photos of the entire car and localized damage to the hood wrap should be taken and submitted as a Field Product Report (in Canada, a Product Information Report).

TIP: Labor times have been updated for certain models. Cars equipped with a V8 engine have increased labor times as the dealership, not the wrap technician, is now responsible for removing and reinstalling the hood insert/hood vents on the vehicle.

Refer to Bulletin #20-NA-168 for additional information and part numbers.

 

– Thanks to Ann Briedis

 

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